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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Behind Bars: Mass Incarceration and the Carceral State

Week 2: July 10-16, 2016

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After five decades of punishment and control, a movement is finally taking shape to reform the American criminal justice system.

In this groundbreaking class with Mary Katzenstein, the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies (and former faculty director of Cornell's Prison Education Program), and Joseph Margulies, professor of law and visiting professor of government, we'll spend mornings in a classroom at Cornell and afternoons at the Five Points Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Romulus. Together with some of the inmates, CAUers will explore the pervasive problems of the American criminal justice system, including over-incarceration, the war on drugs, police/community relations, current distinctions between violent and non-violent crimes, and the tantalizing possibilities of reform.

Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

Mary Fainsod Katzenstein is the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies and professor in the Government Department and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her writings about feminist activism have focused particularly on the United States, Europe, and... > more

Joseph Margulies

Joseph Margulies is a professor of law and visiting professor of government at Cornell. He holds a BA from Cornell and a JD from Northwestern University Law School. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, What Changed... > more


Registration is closed for this class. Please contact CAU if you have questions.

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.